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— Realistically, the Democrats' only shot at winning a Senate seat in Alaska is for GOP Sen. Ted Stevens to retire. Could this story about the FBI investigating a remodeling project on Stevens' home be the type of thing that forces Stevens to make that move? Maybe. Here's some detail on the inquiry. "The wide-ranging federal inquiry surfaced in August when agents raided six legislative offices, including those of then-Senate President Ben Stevens, one of Ted Stevens' sons. The FBI said at the time that it also had executed a search warrant in Girdwood, among other places, although the location of that search has never been officially disclosed."